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Announcing California Program for Entrepreneurship

The California Program for Entrepreneurship is an initiative of the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University.  The CAPE provides education and mentoring to emerging entrepreneurs through an intensive 3-Phase/6-Month Program to help them develop and implement business plans that will contribute to the growth and well-being of the California economy. 

The Entrepreneurs:

The CAPE's emerging entrepreneurs will be selected from candidates nominated by University affiliates, financial institutions including micro-lenders, and other organizations that support entrepreneurship.  Our focus is on entrepreneurs who will start and build businesses that contribute to the economic growth of California.  Candidates are selected based on their potential for success, development stage of their business idea, experience and potential contribution to our community and the California economy.  Candidates must complete an online application that includes multiple exercises designed to refine the candidate's business idea and reveal the potential for success. 

The Curriculum:

The CAPE curriculum is designed to remove the barriers facing emerging entrepreneurs.  Faculty use a combination of virtual exercises, classroom instruction, case studies, group work, and experiential learning to develop conceptual skills and build a mutually-supportive community.  Participants develop specific functional expertise in marketing, finance, and operations as well as skills in organizational dynamics, strategic management and communication. At the end of the coursework, participants prepare a business plan for a competition to be reviewed by a panel judges including venture capitalists and angel investors  with $5,000 awarded to the best plan.


 Program funding made possible through a generous grant from the Executive Development Center, Santa Clara University.  Funding covers each participant's costs of program housing for on-site sessions, classes, workshops, seminars, books/class materials, and meals during program sessions.  Travel to/from Santa Clara University is at the expense of program participants.

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